Best XI After Round 1 of Fixtures in Season 5 of the Indian Super League

Season five of the Indian Super League has begun very well with teams focused on attacking with caution, as a result of which most matches have been competitive. 


No match has ended goalless while on the other end of the spectrum, no match has seen any team win by more than two goals, making it a very closely contested league so far. 


As we look forward to the next round of fixtures, here is the best eleven of the 2018/19 ISL so far -

4. Goalkeeper: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

The Bengaluru FC man has been on top of his game, using his frame and quick reflexes to help his team. 


He put in a solid performance in the tournament opener against Chennaiyin FC, making great interventions on multiple occasions to thwart any potential goalscoring opportunities. 


Against Jamshedpur, though his side conceded two late goals, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu had a good game, controlling the box very well and making saves when called upon. 


In two games so far, the India number one has earned his keep, making five saves and nine clearances, with a passing accuracy of 62.95%.

3. Defence: Rakip - Jhingan - Tiri - Nishu

The right side of the backline belongs to Kerala Blasters, with their captain Sandesh Jhingan slotting in at centre-back and youngster Mohammad Rakip coming in at right-back. 


Jhingan has been a rock at the back for Kerala, putting his body on the line and making crucial interceptions and last-ditch tackles. The 25-year-old bailed his team out on multiple occasions against Mumbai City and was rightly awarded the Hero of the match award. 


Rakip has been one of the best youngsters so far, impressing with his poise and positioning. Solid in the tackle and having a good understanding of the game, the 18-year-old has been an asset at right-back, making nine tackles, two interceptions, nine clearances and two blocks.


Jamshedpur FC's Tiri is an aggressive centre-back who is dominant both on the ground and in the air, and has six tackles, three interceptions, 22 clearances and three blocks to his name.


Completing our backline is Nishu Kumar of Bengaluru FC, who is an extremely attacking full-back, always on the move to help out his attackers. His constant energy and running make him an important player for the Blues. 


Apart from his great goal against Jamshedpur, he has been impressive at the back as well, making 11 tackles, two interceptions, eight clearances and four blocks. 

2. Midfield: Borges - Jahou - Jerry

Rowllin Borges is one of those players who demands the ball all the time, helping NorthEast United FC maintain possession and allowing them to build attacks. He has been great so far, scoring one goal and making 129 passes, with a completion rate of 88.5%. 


Complimenting him will be Ahmed Jahou of FC Goa, who has been one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the tournament. 


His ability to pick the right pass and start the attack is crucial to how Sergio Lobera's team play. He also helps out defensively and has impressive stats, having made 141 passes with an accuracy of 81.56%. 


The final piece of the midfield is Jamshedpur FC youngster Jerry Mawhmingthanga, who is in the team due to his attacking play and ability to get a goal. 


His pace and crossing ability is an important facet of his game and that can be seen from his stats, as he has taken two shots and put in three crosses. The 21-year-old plays with a lot of aggression and that can be seen from his tracking back and helping the defence out. 

1. Attack: Coro - Miku - Stojanovic

One name we had no hesitation in selecting was Ferran Corominas of FC Goa. Coro, as he is fondly known, was the top goalscorer of season four, and has started this campaign on the same note. 


With three goals and one assist, the Spaniard has had a role in four of the five goals scored by Sergio Lobera's team so far. 


Joining him in attack is Miku of Bengaluru FC, who might be the most lethal striker in the league, with his ability to make something out of nothing. His goal against Chennaiyin FC fell in that bracket as his finish was unerring and extremely accurate. 


Two shots and three crosses in just two games show he is constantly on the move, looking to score or pick out a teammate. 


The final forward in the team is Slavisa Stojanovic of the Kerala Blasters, who has impressed with his ability to link up play between attack and midfield, while being aggressive in front of goal. 


He scored one of the best goals of season five when he curled his effort into the top corner against ATK in the first match, while it was his smart backheel that allowed Len to cross for Halicharan Narzary to score against Mumbai City.